The coordinator for special needs students at Chancellor College, Mr. Mande has yesterday called upon organisations and stakeholders to change the ill-feelings they have over the physically challenged people.
In an exclusive interview with Times Maravi, the coordinator said that the current negative attitude that various employers have is a problem to the development of this country and it has to be diminished.
‘Most organisations think that once they employ people with a disability it becomes a hassle to them but that is not the case’, said Mande. Of late some people still hoard the misconception that physically challenged people are incompetent and beggars. ‘These people can suit in different positions, some can be telephone operators, they can be secretaries in organisations and they are able to operate computers’ he added.
Chancellor College is one of the higher learning institutions in Malawi apart from Domasi College that enrolls special needs students. Regardless of the cordial relationship that exists among the disabled people and Malawians at large there is still a high mountain to climb. Mr. Mande cited an example of a special need student whom he escorted to one of the shops, but ended up being mistaken by a shop owner as a beggar.
The coordinator summed up by saying that it is the role of every citizen in the country to assist people with disabilities and further advised parents with disabled children to consult the District Education Manager.
Meanwhile, there are more than 30 students at Chancellor College who come from schools such as Masongola secondary school, Stella marries and Marymount girls secondary school.